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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action[viewed]

During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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EMG Launches 'System-Wide Framework of Strategies' for SDGs[viewed]

The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) launched a System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment for the UN System (SWFS), to enhance support for countries in implementing the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Framework was launched at a special event on the sidelines of the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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First World Wildlife Crime Report Launched, UN Campaign Targets Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

Launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the first World Wildlife Crime Report highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of wildlife not only present real environmental dangers, but ultimately undermine the rule of law. An unprecedented campaign against illegal wildlife trade was launched during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), backed by several celebrities in their role as UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassadors.

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EC, GSBI Launch Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas[viewed]

The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched the 'Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas' during a side event at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Atlas maps global soil biodiversity and discusses threats to it, including from inappropriate land management practices, land conversion from forest to grassland to cropped land and poor water management.

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UNEP Publications Discuss Actions on Air Quality Globally and in China[viewed]

Though numerous countries and regions are coming up with effective and cost-effective measures to improve air quality, the current global response to pervasive poor air quality is inadequate, noted the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, with regard to the launch of two UNEP reports ‘Actions on Air Quality' and ‘A Review of Air Pollution Control in Beijing: 1998-2013' at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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African Cities Can Drive SDGs, Agenda 2063: AEO Report[viewed]

With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, the way that Africa urbanizes will determine the region's future growth and development, according to the the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2016. This year's report, focusing on the theme ‘Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation,' was released during the 51st AfDB Annual Meetings, taking place from 23-27 May 2016, in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report[viewed]

Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum[viewed]

The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNGA President Announces Follow-up to HLTD on Peace, Security[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft has provided conclusions and observations from the High-Level Thematic Debate on 'A World of Risks - A New Commitment for Peace.' In the outcome document, Lykketoft observes that the full range of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an “essential corollary” to efforts in pursuit of peace and security. As a concrete follow-up to the event, Lykketoft will invite UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to brief UN Member States on implementation of the recommendations emerging from the recent reviews on peace operations, peacebuilding, and women, peace and security.

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Event Highlights Urban Refugees, Migration Myths[viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for dispelling myths about migrants and migration that can "poison the public discourse,” and for implementing policies to realize migrants' value to economic and demographic growth, development and diversity. Eliasson was speaking at a high-level event on ‘Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization,' held on the sidelines of intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

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